PATNA: Serious conflicts have developed in the ruling NDA in Bihar over who will be the chief ministerial face of the alliance in the next year’s assembly polls.
The ruling JD-U led by chief minister Nitish Kumar reacted strongly on Thursday hours after new Bihar BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal said the decision about NDA’s chief ministerial face would be taken at the level of BJP’s central high command and party parliamentary board.
“There won’t be any compromise over the face of Nitish Kumar,” JD-U spokesperson Sanjay Singh told the local media on Thursday.
Singh also reminded the BJP about the outcome of the 2015 assembly elections when the BJP was badly defeated in the elections.
Nitish at that time had fought the elections in alliance with the RJD and the Congress which turned the tide in his favour. This time, however, the RJD has announced not to have any alliance with Nitish accusing him of frequently ditching his allies.
This has left the JD-U in a peculiar situation yet the JD-U continues to put up a brave face.
“The new BJP president is not aware about the ground realities. He will come to know about this very soon,” the JD-U spokesperson declared.
The fresh conflict starts after Jaiswal’s observation about the NDA’s CM face.
There is no confusion at all on the issue of CM candidate. Though many opinions (within the party) are aired, it is finally the BJP central high command and its parliamentary board that takes a call on such matters. Party workers only follow those decisions,” Jaiswal was quoted as saying by the Indian Express on Thursday.
Prior to him, former union minister Sanjay Paswan had suggested the chief minister to step down and hand over his throne for the BJP.
His demand was supported by scores of BJP leaders such as Dr CP Thakur, Mahachandra Prasad Singh and Sachchidanand Rai.